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Completely healed or cured, as in Once we've bandaged it up, you'll be all better. This term is often used to comfort a child who has been hurt. It uses all in the sense of “entirely” and better in the sense of “cured.” The usage has been in the language since a.d. 1000.

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QUIZ YOURSELF ON “THEIR,” “THERE,” AND “THEY’RE”

Are you aware how often people swap around “their,” “there,” and “they’re”? Prove you have more than a fair grasp over these commonly confused words.
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Which one of these commonly confused words can act as an adverb or a pronoun?
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